Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Drake

The Sasheer Zamata Era starts as "SNL" returns after a tumultuous break.
“Saturday Night Live” has been off the air for nearly a month, but it’s been nearly omnipresent in the news since Jimmy Fallon hosted the shows. But instead of discussing his hosting performance (and the near omnipresence of Justin Timberlake in the same episode), the topic of the show’s diversity dominated discussion of the show. That topic has surrounded the show throughout its existence, was re-ignited when “SNL” cast six Caucasian cast members before this season, grew more fervent when both Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah said less-than-satisfying things about it to the press, and went into overdrive when news of a “secret” audition arose days before John Goodman hosted the show in December. Since then, the show officially hired comedian Sasheer Zamata as a featured player, and added two new members to the writing staff: LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. So, problem solved, right?
 
Wrong.
 
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Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

The 'Sleepy Hollow' Scooby gang: Ichabod, Jenny and Abbie

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Somebody call an exorcist in 'Vessel'

Demonic possession, Washington's Bible and magic lanterns: Welcome back to Sleepy Hollow

It's a small miracle everyone makes it out of this episode of "Sleepy Hollow" alive. As the series races towards next week's finale, the tension is rising and this seemed like as good a week as any for the show to throw a shocking, emotional death our way.

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'Saturday Night Live' - The 10 best sketches of Fall 2013
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'Saturday Night Live' - The 10 best sketches of Fall 2013

Lady Gaga, Josh Hutcherson, and Bruce Willis episodes all make the cut

It’s been the usual up-and-down Fall for “Saturday Night Live,” with as many hits as misses and more than a fair share of controversy swirling the production. But through it all, there have been many highlights. Some were silly. Some were slightly somber. All were compelling.

Here are the ten best segments of the Fall:

 

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

Will the future host of "The Tonight Show" take over along with his pop star pal, or will they let the current cast shine?
When you get a former member of the show to return as host on “Saturday Night Live,” what often unfolds is a trip down memory lane. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly can be part of what makes the show so great. The fact that “SNL” has thirty-eight past seasons of material to celebrate is something the show need not shy away from, and it’s an aspect of its existence that’s useful to deploy when the situation is right. Things get thornier when the show dips into the past at the expense of its present, which is why tonight’s episode (with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake) could either be a 2013 highlight or the smuggest episode the show has ever produced.
 
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John Goodman and Taran Killam

John Goodman and Taran Killam

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – John Goodman and Kings Of Leon

A member of the Five-Timers Club makes his return to Studio 8H
It’s time for the penultimate 2013 installment of “Saturday Night Live,” and time for recappers to bust out words like “penultimate.” Excitement abounds! Tonight, John Goodman hosts for the thirteenth time, his first since November 2001. That’s a long time between gigs, especially for someone that hosted every year between 1989 and 2001. The only cast member in both 2001 and 2013? Seth Meyers, who is set to leave early next year. So the stage is set for Goodman to have fun with a whole new sandbox of sketch comedy talent. We still might see Linda Tripp trying to use the Obamacare website, but if that happens, Goodman’s Tripp will be playing against a new actress playing Monica Lewinsky. So, that’s new and fun. Kinda.
 
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C.C.H. Pounder and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

This kind of crap never would've happened on 'The Shield.'

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'Sons of Anarchy' season six finale recap: 'A Mother's Work'

Jax makes a very big decision and has to live with the consequences

Forgive me if this goes astray, but I'm still working through my stages of grief over this "Sons of Anarchy" finale. I'm currently on depression, and hoping that writing this will move me toward acceptance.

[Here's an obligatory spoiler alert if you decided to click on an article about the "Sons of Anarchy" finale and yet don't want to know a thing about it. I'm not going to bury the lede because it's really the only thing worth talking about. Most of this episode was extremely slow and incredibly boring.]

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John Noble and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Abbie would really like a story again on 'Sleepy Hollow,' please. (But, look! John Noble!)

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: 'The Golem' - Not so merry Christmas

Ichabod investigates what happened to his son with a little help from John Noble's Sin Eater

"Sleepy Hollow" has built up enough good will at this point that it would be easy to dismiss a more uneven episode like "The Golem" with a shrug and a "Can't wait till next month!" Because, really, even if this wasn't the show's finest hour (and possibly its weakest yet), I still can't wait for the final three episodes next month.

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Paul Rudd and One Direction

Paul Rudd and One Direction

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Paul Rudd and One Direction

The 'Anchorman' star and the pop phenoms kick off the show's December run

We’re in the home stretch for 2013 episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” Starting tonight, we have a run of three weeks involving hosts familiar with the program. Paul Rudd is making his third appearance as host to kick things off, and if you think he’s the only actor associated with the “Anchorman” franchise that will appear tonight in Studio 8H, well, I have some swampland to sell you. Not only is Will Ferrell an alum of the show, but the film’s co-writer/director Adam McKay tweeted earlier today that he would be writing another iteration of a moderately-famous recurring sketch as well. (And others involved with the franchise have experience as well, almost too many to name here.)

 
What will be interesting to see over these next three weeks is how much the new cast gets integrated versus pushed to the side. Logically speaking, the latter will happen, which only once again raises the question of why "SNL" culled such a large cast together this season in the first place. Throw in the fact that there’s almost no way One Direction won’t appear in at least one (if not more) non-musical segments, and you have a very good chance that more than half of the cast will get next to no screen time tonight.
 
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Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Yeah, Tara, that's how we feel about 'Sons of Anarchy' this season too.

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's big decision in 'You Are My Sunshine'

Jax smooths over the Irish troubles but his personal life won't be so easy

As sprawling and convoluted and ludicrously overlong as this season of "Sons of Anarchy" has been, it basically boils down to two major storylines: Jax's attempt to extract SAMCRO from the business of gun running and longstanding connections with the IRA and Tara's attempt to extract her boys from the dangerous world Jax is trying to make safer.

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Tom Mison, Erin Cahill and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Here's something you don't see every Thanksgiving

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Giving thanks in 'Sanctuary'

Family ties, haunted houses and tree monsters: It's Thanksgiving, 'Sleepy Hollow'-style

It's Thanksgiving on "Sleepy Hollow," and that means an episode rich in family, traditions and ... tree monsters?

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